Statements on CCSD Superintendent Jones' resignation
Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones announced his resignation from the job after nearly two years in the role.
School officials, lawmakers and Las Vegas city leaders weighed in on Jones' stepping down.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, released a statement on the resignation:
"Dwight came to Nevada determined to improve the lives of young people and he provided outstanding leadership for the students, teachers, and administrators across Clark County. During his tenure, Dwight worked vigorously to steer the school district through challenging economic times and deep state budget cuts in education. It is unfortunate that Nevada continues to lose leaders of Dwight's caliber because of lack of support. I thank him for his dedication to our community and wish him well as he spends time with his family."
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Dwight Jones:
"The departure of Dwight Jones is a huge loss for our community. In his brief tenure with the school district he has made huge strides to improve education in Southern Nevada. We wish his mother a speedy and strong recovery. She and Dwight have my very best wishes."
Clark County Educators' Association President Ruben Murillo, Jr.:
"It's unfortunate that family illness has prompted Superintendent Jones' departure from the school district. We respect that decision and hope that as the School Board moves forward to fill the position, they will keep the best interest of our students in mind. Clark County needs a Superintendent that will advocate for the needed funding and will work closely with teachers for the benefit of our students."
CCSD Board of Trustees President Carolyn Edwards:
"I'm saddened by our Superintendent's sudden departure from the District, but fully understand the need to be with his mother and family - and I applaud him for having his priorities in the right order," said Edwards. "The board is grateful for the opportunity to work with Dwight Jones for nearly two and a half years. I am proud of the reform work we have done and the results we have seen. We will ensure the good work Mr. Jones started here continues to move forward. Our children are counting on us."
Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-NV, weighted in on Jones' resignation:
"I spoke to Superintendent Jones last evening and conveyed my understanding and respect for his decision to step down and spend more time with his family. Dwight has been a reformer, a partner and a friend and while I am sad to see him leave the Clark County School District, there is nothing nobler than putting one's family ahead of one's career. Under Dwight's leadership, graduation rates in Clark County rose, test scores improved and the district took steps toward more transparency and better accountability. I am confident that the school district will continue to improve the delivery of education for our state's children and I wish Dwight and his family the very best."
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